Oregon regulators propose new water pollution permit for Oregon Steel

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By Scott Learn, The Oregonian
November 30, 2009, 10:45AM
A proposed new wastewater permit for Evraz Oregon Steel includes new requirements for monitoring toxic pollution from the Portland Harbor manufacturer but does not require more wastewater cleanup.
Oregon Steel, at 14400 N. Rivergate Boulevard, makes carbon steel slabs, coils and plates from recycled scrap metal, raw metals and additives. It also manufacturers and coats steel pipe.
The draft permit, issued by Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, would require the company to monitor wastewater released to the Willamette River for priority metals, cyanide and phenols at least twice per year.
The toxic pollutants of concern at the company's outfall are chlorine, antimony, arsenic, chromium, copper, iron, lead, nickel and zinc. But a DEQ analysis concluded that the wastewater does not have "a reasonable potential" to exceed water quality standards at current levels.
Written public comments on the permit are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 4. DEQ will also hold a public hearing if one is requested by 10 or more people or by an authorized representative of an organization of at least 10 people.
--Scott Learn

  True (I can state that

True (I can state that after listening to several rather interesting interviews i found in mp3 format by mp3 search). It has been demonstrated, in addition to various ag chemicals, that numerous Rx drugs have become invasive in water supplies. So what to do about this? Ban certain Rx drugs except under tightly controlled conditions, and/or force users to only pee into collectors (issued with the Rx) for hazardous waste treatment?
Upgrading the multitude of waste treatment plants to capture obscure chemicals may turn out to be quite an expensive engineering exercise. Most of the smaller bergs struggle now to raise the funds just to refurbish the plant to avoid dumping raw sewage into the river.
Real problems created by the marvels of modern "better living through chemistry" (and drug usage illicit or otherwise).